A pictorial device which analyzes forces present on any body with the use of vectors. Allows easier grasping of problems involving either objects at equilibrium or in motion. Can be used to predict presence of forces.

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What stops the car?

Centre of mass of a system cannot change its state of motion, unless there is an external force acting on it. Yet the internal force of brakes can bring a car to rest. Then what stops the car?
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Obtaining point of application of Ground Reaction Force with use of a hyperstatic load-cell array platform

I'm looking for the theory of an experiment that is giving me a hard time to perform. I have an instrument composed of a rigid horizontal square plate rigidly supported under each corner by a ...
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Free body diagram of stresses governing fracture propagation in a solid material

Reading this, I can intuitively understand that fractures propagate along the path of least resistance, creating "width in a direction that requires the least force". However, it is less intuitive ...
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Tension on a string pulled by unequal forces

Suppose two cases where masses are attached to massless, inextensible strings. In the first case a body which has a weight of 20 Newtons(downwards) is attached to a string which is acted upon ...
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Can't work out how the following free body diagram was created

I've been asked to draw a free body diagram of the following stepped bar setup: $ P = 10kN \;and\; Q = 30kN$ The one shown in the answer is the following: Could someone explain to me how this ...
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How would you explain the difference between these situations?

I have been thinking about this for quite a while, but I just can't seem to formulate a coherent answer. In problem which I will denote (a), we have a man sitting on some sort of chair and he is ...
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Working of a vertical axis wind turbine

Conventional horizontal axis wind turbines use lift force generated in the blades to turn a turbine. But what is the mechanics of vertical axis wind turbine? What would be the free body diagram of ...